Overall Satisfaction with Cisco HyperFlex
I've deployed HyperFlex to provide compute and storage resources in remote sites and small data centers. It provided a solid platform that was both cost-effective and scalable. This allowed us to move some services closer to users, improving their performance. It was also easy to deploy and manage.
The deployment process was surprisingly easy. In the early versions of HyperFlex, the deployment tool had some issues, but it's much better now. Even using Intersight to do the deployment is quite simple. I was able to get a cluster from being in boxes to fully online in under a day.
Simplified management is just that, simple. Upgrade processes that used to take an entire weekend can now be kicked off and left to run. Sure, I'm still going to keep an eye on it just to make sure things go to plan. I just don't need to continually interact with it to complete the process.
Intersight provides a simple interface to see the status of the environment and makes general monitoring much easier. Instead of having to look at each cluster individually, I can see the status of all clusters in a single view. There are also some things that can be done in Intersight, like opening a TAC case, which can save time vs. doing manually.
I haven't run into many issues in the past few years. In a couple of instances where I needed to contact support, the process went smoothly.
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Smaller sites that would benefit from a cluster of 2-5 nodes. Not saying that it can't scale above that, but I find HyperFlex a great solution for those sites. A simple 3-node edge cluster can provide a huge amount of resources and redundancy. It's also really easy to scale the environment to meet growth requirements.